Ethnicity and Culture as factors of Closeness among Jews

By Ron Margolin

International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (SJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot, September 2010

Professor Margolin asserts that in order for Jews to maintain a sense of closeness and kinship, the Jewish community as a whole must work to develop cultural and ethnic ties that are both positive as well as pluralistic. Ethnicity alone, or a focus on shared history, is libel to wane and cause a disintegration in Jewish connections, and can lead to negative selfisolationism as well. On the other hand, building on a Jewish culture that already exists, including holidays and rituals, and creating a way for all individuals to participate in varied and unique ways, will enhance and strengthen Jewish connectedness.

Topic: Peoplehood, Ritual, Culture, Pluralism, Ethnicity, Communal Memory, Belonging, Holidays, Unity, Community Building

Name of Publication: Up, Close and Personal: Thinking about the Jewish Peoplehood Closeness Index

Editor: Freedman, Catriella , Kedar, Shelley

Page Number(s): 44-48

Funder: Jim Joseph Foundation , Nadav Fund , Shoham Philanthropic Fund

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Margolin, Ron. Ethnicity and Culture as factors of Closeness among Jews. Up, Close and Personal: Thinking about the Jewish Peoplehood Closeness Index. International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (SJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot. September 2010: 44-48. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11819


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